Embodied Breathwork Experience

Experience the power of your breath and the innate healing power of your body in a safe, fun and transformative breathwork workshop.

Learn about the science of how conscious deep breathing can positively affect us physically and mentally then experience it yourself.

Come breathe, connect with others, find joy and gratitude, move past blocks or difficult emotions and enjoy some live music as we breathe together.

Saturday 14th November 2020. 5 – 6.30pm. Titirangi, Auckland. Tickets Below

The Power of the Breath.

Humans have been manipulating their breathing for thousands of years with many cultures referring to the breath as the life force. Looking at the evidence it is easy to understand why! 

Our breath can deeply affect our physiology, our consciousness and even our whole perspective on life. It is very exciting that breathwork is becoming more popular, as more people around the world realise the amazing power of the breath and discover that they have the complete ability to heal themselves from within.

Breathing practises may allow us to process and move through feelings of anxiety, depression, and other difficult emotions, feelings of lack of purpose and motivation and even help heal trauma such as PTSD as well as provide us with a greater understanding of life through ‘peak’ experiences. It is very exciting that breathwork is becoming more popular, as more people around the world realise the amazing power of the breath and discover that they have the complete ability to heal themselves from within.

Whether you’re looking for support with your mental health or are just interested in optimising your physical and mental performance, breathwork is incredibly powerful.

The key benefits of breathwork:

  • Improved mood – a natural and beneficial way to feel happy and peaceful without the need for any drugs or medications.
  • Increased confidence and self-awareness
  • Decreased stress levels and increased ability to deal with stress3
  • Improved, and more fulfilling relationship with self and others
  • Significantly reduced levels of anxiety and depression.
  • Improved mental function and ability to sustain attention,3.
  • Improved mind-body connection and awareness through strengthening of the vagus nerve4
  • Improved conscious control and regulation over the nervous system (meaning you can more quickly and easily shift from states of stress, anxiety or depression to states of relaxation and clarity)2.
  • Improved breathing
  • Improved sleep
  • Increased neuroplasticity (the brain’s ability to change)5.
  • Emotional healing from anxiety, greif, other difficult emotions and limiting beliefs through the positive rewiring of old and rigid patterns in the brain5.
  • May help increase overall life satisfaction and sense of purpose in life6.
  • Support with releasing trauma such as PTSD7.

One reason why breathwork is so effective is that the breath affects the physiology of the whole body. When you are breathing you are literally changing the physiology of your entire body. This compares to current medications which can only affect certain neurotransmitters in the brain. We know that depression and anxiety, for example, are more than just an imbalance of neurotransmitters in the brain – they are related to the condition of our bodies as a whole.

Dr Alan Hobson, a leading brain researcher and Havard Psychiatrist says that “the breath is the link between the conscious and unconscious processes in the brain”. This is partly because the unique physiological structure of the diaphragm allows it to be controlled consciously or unconsciously, creating a bridge between the conscious and unconscious processing in the brain.

By connecting the brain in these new and novel ways we may be able to stimulate the safe processing and release of difficult emotions8.

This may be through the way intense breathing helps to disrupt rigid patterns in neural networks in the brain and stimulates the release of these patterns such as unresolved emotional conflicts or trauma-related emotional problems providing relief for people suffering from long-term anxiety, depression or PTSD5.

In 2013 a very large study of over 11,000 participants over 12 years found that this form of breathwork was a safe therapy that offered significant benefits in terms of emotional healing and release. They found that out of the 11,000 participants practising this breathwork over more than 12 years, not a single one had an adverse physiological or psychological reaction indicating that it is a low-risk therapy that can support patients with a wide range of psychological problems including anxiety and depression and trauma. So much so that breathwork is now considered a valuable therapeutic tool8.


Before participating I highly recommend you watch my videos covering the science of breathwork:
Breathwork: The Science of Healing Stress, Anxiety & Depression and
Breathwork: The History & Physiology

Your Facilitator

    Hey, my name is Luke. I am a Yoga Teacher and Wellness Educator. I have been sharing breathing techniques and practises for the last few years and the more I learn and experience, the more amazed I am by the incredible transformative power of the breath. Even though I know all the science I’m still amazed by the transformational experiences people are able to have through just breathing. 
    I feel it’s really important to get this information out there, and provide safe spaces for people to experience these benefits for themselves. In a world with so much stress, anxiety, depression and difficult emotions I believe it’s more important than ever to come back to spaces where we can be together and experience the natural healing power of the body and breath – as people have done for thousands and thousands of years.

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Notes and Contraindications (please read).

If you are experiencing mental health issues it is important to understand that the practice of breathwork is a complementary therapy that is designed to be used as an adjunct to, not a replacement for therapy.

Out of precaution, we ask that you do not participate during pregnancy, if you are epileptic or have any serious health condition.

If you’re not sure about whether breathwork is suitable for you please contact me

References:

  1. Lalande, L., Bambling, M., King, R. et al. Breathwork: An Additional Treatment Option for Depression and Anxiety?. J Contemp Psychother 42, 113–119 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10879-011-9180-6
  2. Jerath, R., Crawford, M. W., Barnes, V. A., & Harden, K. (2015). Self-regulation of breathing as a primary treatment for anxiety. Applied psychophysiology and biofeedback, 40(2), 107–115. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10484-015-9279-8
  3. Ma, X., Yue, Z. Q., Gong, Z. Q., Zhang, H., Duan, N. Y., Shi, Y. T., Wei, G. X., & Li, Y. F. (2017). The Effect of Diaphragmatic Breathing on Attention, Negative Affect and Stress in Healthy Adults. Frontiers in psychology, 8, 874. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00874
  4. Gevirtz, Richard. (2013). The Promise of Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback: Evidence-Based Applications. Biofeedback. 41. 110-120. 10.5298/1081-5937-41.3.01. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/272703513_The_Promise_of_Heart_Rate_Variability_Biofeedback_Evidence-Based_Applications
  5. Brown, R. P., & Gerbarg, P. L. (2009). Yoga breathing, meditation, and longevity. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1172, 54–62. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1749-6632.2009.04394.x
  6. Puente, Iker. (2014). Effects of Holotropic Breathwork in Personal Orientation, Levels of Distress, Meaning of Life and Death Anxiety in the Context of a Weeklong Workshop: A Pilot Study. Journal of Transpersonal Research. 6. 49- 63. 
  7. Seppälä, E. M., Nitschke, J. B., Tudorascu, D. L., Hayes, A., Goldstein, M. R., Nguyen, D. T., Perlman, D., & Davidson, R. J. (2014). Breathing-based meditation decreases posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms in U.S. military veterans: a randomized controlled longitudinal study. Journal of traumatic stress, 27(4), 397–405. https://doi.org/10.1002/jts.21936
  8. Eyerman, J. (2013). A clinical report of Holotropic Breathwork in 11,000 psychiatric inpatients in a community hospital setting. Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies Bulletin Special Edition, 23(1), 24-27.